Prior to that [we] had played parties there for our friends under different names doing cover songs. I don’t think I was really prepared for how different is was going to be. About half of the songs were songs we had written. A cover song instrumental was our first song, and then we launched into our first original song. I literally opened my mouth and nothing came out. I was so terrified.
— Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, on the band’s debut, which happened at the venerable New Jersey music club Maxwell’s.